Improving Boys' Literacy CPD

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This training helps Key Stage 2 teachers understand the evidence around boys’ literacy and identify the factors underpinning success, engaging in research and developing their own strategies to close the gap in their school. 

"Boys’ underachievement in literacy is not inevitable. It is not simply a result of biological differences; the majority of boys achieve in literacy and are fluent readers."

Boys' Reading Commission, 2012
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Course structure and pricing

The course is available in a 3 day or 2 day version, with days spread across one or two terms to allow time for action research.

To promote collaborative practice, we encourage two teachers from each school (including the literacy lead) to attend. We also invite a head or senior leader to attend the first session free of charge.


  • 3 day course: £650 for the first participant, £450 for each colleague*
  • 2 day course: £450 for the first participant, £300 for each colleague*
  • We invite a head or senior leader from each school to attend the first session free of charge

Attendance includes one year's membership of the National Literacy Trust giving all teachers in the school access to a range of resources.

*existing National Literacy Trust Members receive a £100 discount per school for the 3 day course and £50 off per school for the 2 day course.

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About the course

Improving Boys’ Literacy is aimed at teachers and literacy leaders working with Key Stage 2.  We explore a range of approaches and strategies.

  • Understand the evidence in this area and the factors underpinning success

    We explore research around gender and literacy and pay particular attention to busting the myths around boys’ literacy. In addition we look at a range of approaches to improving classroom practice so participants can select the strategy that works for them.

  • Develop a profile based on the characteristics and achievement of boys in their school

    A key part of the course is engaging with attainment data as well as examining the attitudes of your focus group. We know that every class is different and there are a number of different ways poor literacy can be demonstrated, be it reading, writing or oracy, so we help participants select the approach that works best for their pupils.

  • Develop an action plan with strategies learned from action research

    The DfE state that the best CPD includes time for critical reflection. Sessions are delivered over a period time with a gap between each, giving participants time to trial approaches and see what works for them.

  • Sow the seeds for a learning culture based on what works for all learners

    Training is most sustainable when learning can be cascaded by participants. In addition to learning about leadership and dissemination strategies, all participating schools are given a year’s membership of the National Literacy Trust. 

Could you host?

We are always looking for enthusiastic schools across the UK to host our training programmes. We ask you to:

  • Provide a teaching space with IT facilities
  • Print resources for the sessions
  • Organise lunch where required

In return, we offer a complimentary place on the course. This is also a great opportunity for you to position yourself as a research-led school. 

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Resources related to boys' literacy

Consider becoming a member of the National Literacy Trust to access our full library of downloadable resources and evaluation tools.

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